How to Check a Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguisher inspection is something that is left to professionals and should be for the most part, but it doesn't hurt for a manager or owner to do their own check in-between visits. 

A-List of Items to Check

Here is a simple list any building owner can use to visually perform a fire extinguisher inspection of each and every extinguisher on the premises. If you are looking for fire inspection services, contact us.

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  • Confirm the extinguisher is able to be spotted easily and is unobstructed. It should also be in its designated location. This is the first step to fire extinguisher inspection.
  • Make sure the locking pin is in place and that the tamper seal isn't broken. Take time to visually ensure the extinguisher has no physical damage, leakage, corrosion, or a clogged nozzle.
  • Operation instructions should be visible on the nameplate and facing out.
  • The pressure gauge should show in the operable range. Pick up the extinguisher to make sure it's still feeling full.
  • Check the date of the last professional service that's displayed on the tag. It should have been checked within the last twelve months by a licensed contractor.
  • When the fire extinguisher inspection is completed, the back of the tag can be dated and initialed, or the log can be noted.

It's also important to make sure that the type of extinguisher is correct for the area it's being kept in.